UBS: 2Q21 net profit of 2.0 billion USD, 19.3% return on CET1 capital (ad hoc announcement in accordance with Article 53 of the SIX Exchange Regulation listing rules)

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UBS (NYSE:UBS) (SWX:UBSN):

UBS’s 2Q21 results materials are available at ubs.com/investors

 

The audio webcast of the earnings call starts at 09:00 CEST, 20 July 2021

 

Group highlights

-- We are executing relentlessly for our clients Our clients continued to put their trust in us as was evident from the continued momentum in flows and volume growth. Together with favorable market conditions and investor sentiment, this led to growth across the firm. Invested assets in GWM and AM of USD 4.4trn rose 4% sequentially, GWM saw USD 25bn of net new fee-generating assets with inflows in all regions, and there was USD 8bn in net new lending across GWM and Personal Banking, while strong client activity drove YoY increases of 16% in transaction-based income in GWM and 68% in Global Banking income. -- We are delivering on our strategic initiatives to drive growth and efficiency During 1H21, we facilitated more than USD 18bn of investments into private markets from private and institutional investors, helping our private clients benefit from our scale to get institutional-level access and pricing. Sustainability remains an important topic for our clients and for us, and our Sustainable Investing mandate in GWM attracted USD 8bn of net inflows in 1H21, while invested assets with a sustainability or impact focus in AM increased by 33% since year-end 2020. Our integrated SMA offering in the US continues to attract inflows, as do our mandates through My Way. Regionally, we are focusing on capturing growth in the largest and fastest growing markets: the US and APAC. -- We are committed to driving higher returns by unlocking the power of UBS PBT was USD 2,593m (up 64% YoY), including net credit loss releases of USD 80m. The cost/income ratio was 71.8%, 4.1 percentage points lower YoY. Operating income increased by 21% YoY, while operating expenses increased by 10%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 2,006m (up 63% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.55. Return on CET1 capital1 was 19.3%. The quarter-end CET1 capital ratio was 14.5% (guidance: 13%) and the CET1 leverage ratio was 4.09% (guidance: >3.7%), both up QoQ. We repurchased USD 1.4bn of shares in 1H21 under our share repurchase programs. We intend to repurchase USD 0.6bn of shares during 3Q21.

Ralph Hamers, CEO of UBS Group, said:

 

“Our growth in the second quarter was underpinned by the relationships we have built and strengthened throughout the pandemic and by the trust our clients placed in our people and in our firm. All business divisions and all regions contributed to our results.

 

Our clients invested more with us — in private markets and separately managed accounts. They came to us to finance their homes and their businesses, and to create liquidity buffers for unforeseen events, all of which led to an increase in net new loans year-on-year. They sought our advice when dealing with industry changes coming out of the pandemic, to digitize their business models and gain scale. And so advisory and capital markets revenues also increased. They continued to seek yield with us and therefore actively engaged in structured products and alternative investments.

 

Invested assets with a sustainability or impact focus saw growth as clients aligned their portfolios with their values.

 

Momentum is on our side and our strategic choices and initiatives are paying off. And we are eager to make the most of the future.”

 

Financial performance — selected highlights

Group 2Q21 1H21 Return on CET1 capital 19.3% 18.8% Target: 12--15% Return on tangible equity 15.4% 14.7% Cost/income ratio 71.8% 72.8% Target: 75--78% Net profit attributable to shareholders USD 2.0bn USD 3.8bn CET1 capital ratio 14.5% 14.5% Guidance: 13% CET1 leverage ratio 4.09% 4.09% Guidance: >3.7% Tangible book value per share USD 15.05 USD 15.05 Global Wealth Management Profit before tax USD 1.3bn USD 2.7bn Target: 10--15% PBT growth 47% 29% over the cycle Invested assets USD 3.2trn USD 3.2trn Net new fee-generating assets USD 25bn USD 61bn Personal & Corporate Banking Profit before tax CHF 0.5bn CHF 0.8bn Return on attributed equity (CHF) 22% 20% Net new loans, Personal Banking CHF 0.6bn CHF 1.4bn Asset Management Profit before tax USD 0.3bn USD 0.5bn Invested assets USD 1.2trn USD 1.2trn Net new money excl. money markets USD 9bn USD 31bn Investment Bank Profit before tax USD 0.7bn USD 1.1bn Return on attributed equity 21% 17% RWA and LRD vs. Group 31% / 31% 31% / 31% Guidance: up to 1/3

Second quarter 2021 performance overview

 

Group PBT USD 2,593m, +64% YoY

 

PBT was USD 2,593m (up 64% YoY), including net credit loss releases of USD 80m, compared with net credit loss expenses of USD 272m in 2Q20. The cost/income ratio was 71.8%, 4.1 percentage points lower YoY. Operating income increased by 21% YoY, while operating expenses increased by 10%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 2,006m (up 63% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.55. Return on CET1 capital(1) was 19.3%.

 

Global Wealth Management (GWM) PBT USD 1,294m, +47% YoY

 

GWM delivered PBT growth in all regions. Recurring net fee income increased by 30%, primarily driven by higher average fee-generating assets, reflecting positive market performance and higher net new fee-generating assets. Transaction-based income rose 16% on continued high levels of client activity in a constructive market environment. Net interest income increased slightly, as the ongoing pressure from lower US dollar interest rates on deposits was more than offset by higher revenues from lending. Net credit loss releases were USD 14m, compared with net credit loss expenses of USD 64m in 2Q20. The cost/income ratio improved to 73.1%, down 3.3 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 19% and operating expenses increased by 14%. Loans increased to USD 228bn, with USD 7bn of net new loans. Invested assets increased by 4% sequentially to USD 3,230bn. Fee-generating assets(2) rose to USD 1,416bn, up 7% sequentially. Net new fee-generating assets(2) were USD 25.0bn, supported by inflows in all regions, and represented an annualized growth rate of 8% in the quarter.

 

Personal & Corporate Banking (P&C) PBT CHF 456m, +100% YoY

 

Operating income increased by 31%, mainly due to net credit loss releases of CHF 42m as compared with net credit loss expenses of CHF 104m in 2Q20, as well as a gain on real estate sales of CHF 26m. Revenue from credit card and foreign exchange transactions was the main driver of the improvement in transaction-based income, reflecting a gradual increase in travel and leisure spending by clients as pandemic restrictions ease. Recurring net fee income increased by 18%. Net interest income was down 3% mainly as deposit income decreased, reflecting lower US dollar interest rates. The cost/income ratio was 58.4%, a decrease of 4.4 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 11% and operating expenses increased by 4%.

 

Asset Management (AM) PBT USD 255m, +62% YoY

 

Operating income increased by 27% YoY largely due to 31% higher net management fees, as well as a USD 37m gain from the sale of our remaining minority investment in Clearstream Fund Centre (previously Fondcenter AG) in 2Q21. Performance fees decreased by 46%, mainly in our Hedge Fund Businesses, partly offset by higher performance fees in our Equities business. The cost/income ratio was 61.7%, an 8.3 percentage point improvement YoY, with 27% income growth and 12% higher operating expenses. Invested assets increased by 5% sequentially to USD 1,174bn. Net new money was USD 2.1bn (USD 8.8bn excluding money market flows).

 

Investment Bank (IB) PBT USD 668m, +9% YoY

 

Operating income increased by 9% YoY. Global Banking revenues increased by 68%, or USD 356m, driven by Advisory and Capital Market revenues, which outperformed the global fee pool in all regions, most notably in Mergers & Acquisitions. Global Markets revenues decreased by 14% or USD 254m, driven by lower revenues in Foreign Exchange, Rates and Credit and a loss incurred in our Financing business resulting from the default of a client of our prime brokerage business. This was partly offset by higher revenues in equity derivatives and cash equities products. Net credit loss releases were USD 21m, compared with net credit loss expenses of USD 78m in 2Q20. The cost/income ratio was 73.6%, 3.0 percentage points higher YoY, as income increased by 4% and operating expenses increased by 9%, largely driven by foreign currency translation effects, higher litigation provisions, and restructuring expenses. Annualized return on attributed equity was 20.6%.

 

Group Functions PBT USD (124)m, compared with USD (305)m in 2Q20

 

First half 2021 performance overview

 

Group PBT USD 4,891m, +36% YoY

 

PBT was USD 4,891m (up 36% YoY), including net credit loss releases of USD 108m, compared with net credit loss expenses of USD 540m in 1H20. The cost/income ratio was 72.8%, 1.2 percentage points lower YoY. Operating income increased by 15% YoY, while operating expenses increased by 9%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 3,830m (up 35% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 1.04. Return on CET1 capital(1) was 18.8%.

 

Global Wealth Management (GWM) PBT USD 2,704m, +29% YoY

 

GWM delivered PBT growth in all regions. Recurring net fee income increased by 18%, primarily driven by higher average fee-generating assets, reflecting positive market performance and higher net new fee-generating assets. Transaction-based income rose 10% on continued high levels of client activity in a constructive market environment. Net interest income decreased by 1%, as the ongoing pressure from lower US dollar interest rates on deposits more than offset higher revenues from lending. Net credit loss releases were USD 16m, compared with net credit loss expenses of USD 117m in 1H20. The cost/income ratio improved to 72.0%, down 2.2 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 12% and operating expenses increased by 8%. Loans increased to USD 228bn, with USD 18bn of net new loans. Invested assets increased by 7% sequentially from year-end 2020 to USD 3,230bn. Fee-generating assets(2) rose to USD 1,416bn, up 11% sequentially. Net new fee-generating assets(2) were USD 61.2bn, supported by inflows in all regions, and represented an annualized growth rate of 10% since year-end 2020.

Personal & Corporate Banking (P&C) PBT CHF 814m, +48% YoY

 

Operating income increased by 20%, mainly due to net credit loss releases of CHF 64m as compared with net credit loss expenses of CHF 179m in 1H20, 12% higher recurring net fee income, a gain on real estate sales of CHF 26m, and a valuation gain of CHF 26m related to SIX Group. Revenue from credit card and foreign exchange transactions was the main driver of the improvement in transaction-based income, reflecting an increase in travel and leisure spending by clients as pandemic restrictions ease. Net interest income was down 4% mainly as deposit income decreased, reflecting lower US dollar interest rates. The cost/income ratio was 61.0%, an increase of 0.7 percentage points YoY, as income increased by 5% and operating expenses increased by 6%.

 

Asset Management (AM) PBT USD 482m, +53% YoY

 

Operating income increased by 25% YoY largely due to 22% higher net management fees, as well as a USD 37m gain from the sale of our remaining minority investment in Clearstream Fund Centre (previously Fondcenter AG) in 2Q21. Performance fees increased by 19%, mainly in our Hedge Fund Businesses, partly offset by lower performance fees in our Equities business. The cost/income ratio was 63.0%, a 6.7 percentage point improvement YoY, with 25% income growth and 13% higher operating expenses. Invested assets increased by 7% since year-end 2020 to USD 1,174bn. Net new money was USD 28.3bn (USD 30.7bn excluding money market flows).

 

Investment Bank (IB) PBT USD 1,080m, (18%) YoY

 

Operating income increased by 1% YoY. Global Banking revenues increased by 58%, or USD 612m, driven by elevated IPO activity, and a significant increase in Advisory. Global Markets revenues decreased by 21%, or USD 808m, driven by a loss related to the default of a client of our prime brokerage business in 1Q21. Excluding this loss, Global Markets revenues would have been up 1%, driven by higher revenues from equity derivatives and cash equities products in a constructive market environment, partly offset by lower revenues from foreign exchange, rates and credit products. Net credit loss releases were USD 23m, compared with net credit loss expenses of USD 200m in 1H20. The cost/income ratio was 77.6%, 8.5 percentage points higher YoY, as income decreased by 4%, driven by the aforementioned loss, and operating expenses were 8% higher, largely driven by increases in foreign currency translation effects, litigation expenses and personnel expenses. Annualized return on attributed equity was 16.7%.

 

Group Functions PBT USD (263)m, compared with USD (715)m in 1H20

 

Extending UBS’s leadership in sustainable finance

 

Sustainable finance has been a firm-wide priority for UBS for years. The pandemic is sharpening the market’s understanding of the importance of climate transition and certain social issues, such as investment risks. Our aim is to continue to help private and institutional clients meet their investment objectives through sustainable finance, making it a critical component of our strategy.

 

According to a recent UBS Asset Management survey of 450 institutional investors in the US, Europe and APAC, three-quarters of respondents said that their company’s investments that integrate ESG criteria performed better than their traditional counterparts over the three-year-period prior to the pandemic. Three-quarters of respondents also said that the pandemic would accelerate the general interest in ESG and capital inflows into sustainable investments over the next three to five years.

 

Committed to Net Zero

 

As announced in April, UBS has joined a group of global banks committed to aligning their financing portfolios with pathways to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This commitment recognizes the vital role of banks in supporting the transition of the real economy to net zero emissions. The banks will work together to develop guidelines and common frameworks to address emissions in different sectors and identify the fastest, most effective ways forward.

 

Furthermore, UBS has joined the Banking for Impact Group, which aims to help promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Together with Harvard Business School, the group will begin the process of creating new reporting standards for financial firms through the defining of impact measurement and valuation methods. Measuring previously unreported elements will help the private sector tackle critical societal challenges, such as climate change and inequality.

 

With the establishment of a Group Sustainability and Impact organization, we are bringing together our businesses, leading subject matter experts and thought leaders from across the firm. The new function acts as a focal point and center of excellence, responsible for driving the implementation of our sustainability strategy and identifying and executing against business opportunities, while also tracking the firm’s progress toward its net zero commitments.

 

Green funding framework

 

In June, we issued two senior unsecured green bonds. These include a EUR 500m five-year bond and a CHF 250m seven-year bond. The bonds were issued under the firm’s new Green Funding Framework, which defines an eligible green asset pool of mortgage loans on properties in Switzerland. The properties meet Swiss Minergie standards for low-energy-consumption buildings. We may look to expand the eligible asset pool over time as part of our ongoing aim of helping clients meet their investment objectives through sustainable finance.

 

Future of Finance Challenge

 

At the beginning of July, UBS launched its fourth Future of Finance Challenge, an open competition for fintech startups and tech entrepreneurs around the world. With this competition, UBS is looking for innovative and potentially disruptive technology products and solutions that address specific challenges to support the transformation of the banking industry: sustainable banking; reimagining investing; app stores and platforms; and tech and cyber security.

 

The competition winners get a chance to receive UBS’s support in further commercializing and scaling their products and technologies by using the firm’s global presence, deep expertise in banking and its ecosystem of innovation partners. Since 2015, about 50% of the finalists have received additional post-competition funding. The competition demonstrates UBS’s ongoing commitment to innovation and underlines the firm’s long-term contribution to the startup community.

Information in this news release is presented for UBS Group AG on a consolidated basis unless otherwise specified. Financial information for UBS AG (consolidated) does not differ materially from UBS Group AG (consolidated) and a comparison between UBS Group AG (consolidated) and UBS AG (consolidated) is provided at the end of this news release. (1) Return on CET1 capital is calculated as annualized net profit attributable to shareholders divided by average common equity tier 1 capital. (2) New performance measure for our Global Wealth Management business: Beginning with the first quarter of 2021, we introduced net new fee-generating assets as a new performance measure for our Global Wealth Management business. The new measure captures the growth in clients' invested assets from net flows related to mandates, investment funds with recurring fees, hedge funds and private markets investments, combined with dividend and interest payments into mandates, less fees paid to UBS by clients. The underlying assets and products generate most of Global Wealth Management's recurring net fee income and a portion of its transaction-based income. Compared with net new money, net new fee-generating assets exclude flows related to assets that primarily generate revenues when traded in the form of commissions and transaction spreads, or borrowed against in the form of net interest income, and also exclude deposit flows that generate net interest income, and custody positions that generate custody fees. We will no longer report net new money for Global Wealth Management in our quarterly reports, but will continue to disclose this measure in our annual reports. Selected financial information of our business divisions and Group Functions(1) For the quarter ended 30.6.21 Personal Global & Wealth Corporate Asset Investment Group USD million Management Banking Management Bank Functions Total Operating income 4,774 1,135 666 2,470 (68) 8,976 Operating expenses 3,479 636 410 1,802 56 6,384 of which: net restructuring expenses(2) 43 5 6 33 2 90 Operating profit / (loss) before tax 1,294 498 255 668 (124) 2,593 For the quarter ended 30.6.20
Personal Global & Wealth Corporate Asset Investment Group USD million Management Banking Management Bank Functions Total Operating income 3,942 823 524 2,268 (155) 7,403 Operating expenses 3,062 586 367 1,656 151 5,821 of which: net restructuring expenses 11 4 1 5 0 21 Operating profit / (loss) before tax 880 238 157 612 (305) 1,582 1 The "of which" components of operating income and operating expenses disclosed in this table are items that are not recurring or necessarily representative of the underlying business performance for the reporting period specified. 2 Includes curtailment gains of USD 59 million, which represent a reduction in the defined benefit obligation related to the Swiss pension plan resulting from a decrease in headcount following restructuring activities. Our key figures As of or for the quarter ended As of or year-to-date USD million, except where indicated 30.6.21 31.3.21 31.12.20 30.6.20 30.6.21 30.6.20 Group results Operating income 8,976 8,705 8,117 7,403 17,681 15,337 Operating expenses 6,384 6,407 6,132 5,821 12,790 11,747 Operating profit / (loss) before tax 2,593 2,298 1,985 1,582 4,891 3,591 Net profit / (loss) attributable to shareholders 2,006 1,824 1,636 1,232 3,830 2,827 Diluted earnings per share (USD)(1) 0.55 0.49 0.44 0.33 1.04 0.76 Profitability and growth(2) Return on equity (%) 13.7 12.4 11.0 8.6 13.1 9.9 Return on tangible equity (%) 15.4 14.0 12.4 9.7 14.7 11.2 Return on common equity tier 1 capital (%) 19.3 18.2 16.8 13.2 18.8 15.4 Return on risk-weighted assets, gross (%) 12.2 12.0 11.4 10.7 12.1 11.4 Return on leverage ratio denominator, gross (%)(3) 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.4 3.3 Cost / income ratio (%) 71.8 73.8 74.9 75.8 72.8 74.0 Effective tax rate (%) 22.4 20.5 17.2 21.9 21.5 21.1 Net profit growth (%) 62.8 14.3 126.7 (11.5) 35.5 11.6 Resources(2) Total assets 1,086,519 1,107,712 1,125,765 1,063,849 1,086,519 1,063,849 Equity attributable to shareholders 58,765 58,026 59,445 57,003 58,765 57,003 Common equity tier 1 capital(4) 42,583 40,426 39,890 38,114 42,583 38,114 Risk-weighted assets(4) 293,277 287,828 289,101 286,436 293,277 286,436 Common equity tier 1 capital ratio (%)(4) 14.5 14.0 13.8 13.3 14.5 13.3 Going concern capital ratio (%)(4) 20.2 19.6 19.4 18.7 20.2 18.7 Total loss-absorbing capacity ratio (%)(4) 35.6 35.0 35.2 32.7 35.6 32.7 Leverage ratio denominator(3,4) 1,039,939 1,038,225 1,037,150 974,359 1,039,939 974,359 Common equity tier 1 leverage ratio (%)(3,4) 4.09 3.89 3.85 3.91 4.09 3.91 Going concern leverage ratio (%)(3,4) 5.7 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.7 5.5 Total loss-absorbing capacity leverage ratio (%)(4) 10.0 9.7 9.8 9.6 10.0 9.6 Liquidity coverage ratio (%)(5) 156 151 152 155 156 155 Other Invested assets (USD billion)(6) 4,485 4,306 4,187 3,588 4,485 3,588 Personnel (full-time equivalents) 71,304 71,779 71,551 69,931 71,304 69,931 Market capitalization(1) 53,218 54,536 50,013 41,303 53,218 41,303 Total book value per share (USD)(1) 16.90 16.47 16.74 15.89 16.90 15.89 Total book value per share (CHF)(1) 15.64 15.57 14.82 15.05 15.64 15.05 Tangible book value per share (USD)(1) 15.05 14.65 14.91 14.10 15.05 14.10 Tangible book value per share (CHF)(1) 13.92 13.85 13.21 13.36 13.92 13.36 1 Refer to the "Share information and earnings per share" section of the UBS Group second quarter 2021 report for more information. 2 Refer to the "Performance targets and capital guidance" section of our Annual Report 2020 for more information about our performance targets. 3 Leverage ratio denominators and leverage ratios for the respective periods in 2020 do not reflect the effects of the temporary exemption that applied from 25 March 2020 until 1 January 2021 and was granted by FINMA in connection with COVID-19. Refer to the "Regulatory and legal developments" section of our Annual Report 2020 for more information. 4 Based on the Swiss systemically relevant bank framework as of 1 January 2020. Refer to the "Capital management" section of the UBS Group second quarter 2021 report for more information. 5 Refer to the "Liquidity and funding management" section of the UBS Group second quarter 2021 report for more information. 6 Consists of invested assets for Global Wealth Management, Asset Management and Personal & Corporate Banking. Refer to "Note 32 Invested assets and net new money" in the "Consolidated financial statements" section of our Annual Report 2020 for more information. Income statement % change For the quarter ended from Year-to-date USD million 30.6.21 31.3.21 30.6.20 1Q21 2Q20 30.6.21 30.6.20 Net interest income 1,628 1,613 1,392 1 17 3,241 2,722 Other net income from financial instruments measured at fair value through profit or loss 1,479 1,309 1,932 13 (23) 2,787 3,738 Credit loss (expense) / release 80 28 (272) 180 108 (540) Fee and commission income 6,041 6,169 4,729 (2) 28 12,210 10,207 Fee and commission expense (484) (478) (419) 1 16 (962) (875) Net fee and commission income 5,557 5,691 4,311 (2) 29 11,248 9,332 Other income 233 64 41 267 471 297 84 Total operating income 8,976 8,705 7,403 3 21 17,681 15,337 Personnel expenses 4,772 4,801 4,283 (1) 11 9,573 8,604 General and administrative expenses 1,103 1,089 1,063 1 4 2,192 2,196 Depreciation and impairment of property, equipment and software 500 508 458 (2) 9 1,009 914 Amortization and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets 9 8 17 4 (48) 17 32 Total operating expenses 6,384 6,407 5,821 0 10 12,790 11,747 Operating profit / (loss) before tax 2,593 2,298 1,582 13 64 4,891 3,591 Tax expense / (benefit) 581 471 347 23 68 1,053 757 Net profit / (loss) 2,012 1,827 1,236 10 63 3,838 2,833 Net profit / (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests 6 3 3 81 70 9 6 Net profit / (loss) attributable to shareholders 2,006 1,824 1,232 10 63 3,830 2,827 Comprehensive income Total comprehensive income 2,602 (339) 209 2,263 4,405 Total comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests 20 (9) 4 355 10 3 Total comprehensive income attributable to shareholders 2,582 (330) 205 2,252 4,402 Comparison between UBS Group AG consolidated and UBS AG consolidated As of or for the quarter ended 30.6.21 As of or for the quarter ended 31.3.21 As of or for the quarter ended 31.12.20 USD million, except where UBS Group AG UBS AG Difference UBS Group AG UBS AG Difference UBS Group AG UBS AG Difference indicated consolidated consolidated (absolute) consolidated consolidated (absolute) consolidated consolidated (absolute) Income statement Operating income 8,976 9,071 (94) 8,705 8,836 (130) 8,117 8,220 (103) Operating expenses 6,384 6,589 (206) 6,407 6,684 (277) 6,132 6,324 (192) Operating profit / (loss) before tax 2,593 2,481 111 2,298 2,151 147 1,985 1,896 89 of which: Global Wealth Management 1,294 1,273 21 1,409 1,391 18 864 855 9 of which: Personal & Corporate Banking 498 496 2 389 390 0 353 353 (1) of which: Asset Management 255 254 1 227 227 0 401 401 0 of which: Investment Bank 668 655 14 412 394 17 529 528 1 of which: Group
Functions (124) (197) 73 (139) (251) 112 (161) (241) 79 Net profit / (loss) 2,012 1,919 93 1,827 1,713 114 1,645 1,572 73 of which: net profit / (loss) attributable to shareholders 2,006 1,913 93 1,824 1,710 114 1,636 1,563 73 of which: net profit / (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests 6 6 0 3 3 0 9 9 0 Statement of comprehensive income Other comprehensive income 591 592 (1) (2,166) (2,032) (135) 83 54 29 of which: attributable to shareholders 576 578 (1) (2,154) (2,019) (135) 65 36 29 of which: attributable to non-controlling interests 14 14 0 (12) (12) 0 18 18 0 Total comprehensive income 2,602 2,510 92 (339) (319) (21) 1,728 1,626 102 of which: attributable to shareholders 2,582 2,491 92 (330) (309) (21) 1,701 1,599 102 of which: attributable to non-controlling interests 20 20 0 (9) (9) 0 27 27 0 Balance sheet Total assets 1,086,519 1,085,861 658 1,107,712 1,109,234 (1,522) 1,125,765 1,125,327 438 Total liabilities 1,027,469 1,030,216 (2,746) 1,049,379 1,051,481 (2,102) 1,066,000 1,067,254 (1,254) Total equity 59,050 55,645 3,405 58,333 57,753 580 59,765 58,073 1,691 of which: equity attributable to shareholders 58,765 55,361 3,405 58,026 57,446 580 59,445 57,754 1,691 of which: equity attributable to non-controlling interests 284 284 0 307 307 0 319 319 0 Capital information Common equity tier 1 capital 42,583 40,190 2,393 40,426 38,826 1,600 39,890 38,181 1,709 Going concern capital 59,188 55,398 3,790 56,288 53,255 3,033 56,178 52,610 3,567 Risk-weighted assets 293,277 290,470 2,807 287,828 285,119 2,710 289,101 286,743 2,358 Common equity tier 1 capital ratio (%) 14.5 13.8 0.7 14.0 13.6 0.4 13.8 13.3 0.5 Going concern capital ratio (%) 20.2 19.1 1.1 19.6 18.7 0.9 19.4 18.3 1.1 Total loss-absorbing capacity ratio (%) 35.6 34.6 1.0 35.0 34.2 0.7 35.2 34.2 1.0 Leverage ratio denominator(1) 1,039,939 1,039,375 564 1,038,225 1,039,736 (1,511) 1,037,150 1,036,771 379 Common equity tier 1 leverage ratio (%)(1) 4.09 3.87 0.23 3.89 3.73 0.16 3.85 3.68 0.16 Going concern leverage ratio (%)(1) 5.7 5.3 0.4 5.4 5.1 0.3 5.4 5.1 0.3 Total loss-absorbing capacity leverage ratio (%) 10.0 9.7 0.4 9.7 9.4 0.3 9.8 9.5 0.3 1 Leverage ratio denominators and leverage ratios for 31 December 2020 do not reflect the effects of the temporary exemption that applied from 25 March 2020 until 1 January 2021 and was granted by FINMA in connection with COVID-19. Refer to the "Regulatory and legal developments" section of our Annual Report 2020 for more information.

Information on results documents and earnings call

UBS’s Q2 2021 report, press release and slide presentation are available from 6:45 a.m. CEST on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at ubs.com/quarterlyreporting.

 

UBS will hold a presentation of its second quarter 2021 results on Tuesday, 20 July 2021. The results will be presented by Ralph Hamers (Group Chief Executive Officer), Kirt Gardner (Group Chief Financial Officer), Martin Osinga (Investor Relations), and Marsha Askins (Head Communications & Branding).

Time 09:00 CEST 08:00 BST 03:00 US EDT Audio webcast The presentation for analysts can be followed live on ubs.com/quarterlyreporting with a simultaneous slide show. Webcast playback An audio playback of the results presentation will be made available at ubs.com/investors later in the day.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This news release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements,” including but not limited to management’s outlook for UBS’s financial performance, statements relating to the anticipated effect of transactions and strategic initiatives on UBS’s business and future development and goals or intentions to achieve climate, sustainability and other social objectives. While these forward-looking statements represent UBS’s judgments, expectations and objectives concerning the matters described, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from UBS’s expectations. The outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures taken in response to the pandemic have had and may continue to have a significant adverse effect on global economic activity, and an adverse effect on the credit profile of some of our clients and other market participants, which has resulted in and may continue to increase credit loss expense and credit impairments. In addition, we face heightened operational risks due to remote working arrangements, including risks to supervisory and surveillance controls, as well as increased fraud and data security risks. The unprecedented scale of the measures taken to respond to the pandemic as well as the uncertainty surrounding vaccine supply, distribution, and efficacy against mutated virus strains create significantly greater uncertainty about forward-looking statements. Factors that may affect our performance and ability to achieve our plans, outlook and other objectives also include, but are not limited to: (i) the degree to which UBS is successful in the ongoing execution of its strategic plans, including its cost reduction and efficiency initiatives and its ability to manage its levels of risk-weighted assets (RWA) and leverage ratio denominator (LRD), liquidity coverage ratio and other financial resources, including changes in RWA assets and liabilities arising from higher market volatility; (ii) the degree to which UBS is successful in implementing changes to its businesses to meet changing market, regulatory and other conditions; (iii) the continuing low or negative interest rate environment in Switzerland and other jurisdictions; (iv) developments (including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) in the macroeconomic climate and in the markets in which UBS operates or to which it is exposed, including movements in securities prices or liquidity, credit spreads, and currency exchange rates, and the effects of economic conditions, market developments, and geopolitical tensions, and changes to national trade policies on the financial position or creditworthiness of UBS’s clients and counterparties as well as on client sentiment and levels of activity; (v) changes in the availability of capital and funding, including any changes in UBS’s credit spreads and ratings, as well as availability and cost of funding to meet requirements for debt eligible for total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC); (vi) changes in or the implementation of financial legislation and regulation in Switzerland, the US, the UK, the European Union and other financial centers that have imposed, or resulted in, or may do so in the future, more stringent or entity-specific capital, TLAC, leverage ratio, net stable funding ratio, liquidity and funding requirements, heightened operational resilience requirements, incremental tax requirements, additional levies, limitations on permitted activities, constraints on remuneration, constraints on transfers of capital and liquidity and sharing of operational costs across the Group or other measures, and the effect these will or would have on UBS’s business activities; (vii) UBS’s ability to successfully implement resolvability and related regulatory requirements and the potential need to make further changes to the legal structure or booking model of UBS Group in response to legal and regulatory requirements, proposals in Switzerland and other jurisdictions for mandatory structural reform of banks or systemically important institutions or to other external developments; (viii) UBS’s ability to maintain and improve its systems and controls for the detection and prevention of money laundering and compliance with sanctions to meet evolving regulatory requirements and expectations, in particular in the US; (ix) the uncertainty arising from the UK’s exit from the EU; (x) changes in UBS’s competitive position, including whether differences in regulatory capital and other requirements among the major financial centers will adversely affect UBS’s ability to compete in certain lines of business; (xi) changes in the standards of conduct applicable to our businesses that may result from new regulations or new enforcement of existing standards, including measures to impose new and enhanced duties

when interacting with customers and in the execution and handling of customer transactions; (xii) the liability to which UBS may be exposed, or possible constraints or sanctions that regulatory authorities might impose on UBS, due to litigation, contractual claims and regulatory investigations, including the potential for disqualification from certain businesses, potentially large fines or monetary penalties, or the loss of licenses or privileges as a result of regulatory or other governmental sanctions, as well as the effect that litigation, regulatory and similar matters have on the operational risk component of our RWA as well as the amount of capital available for return to shareholders; (xiii) the effects on UBS’s cross-border banking business of tax or regulatory developments and of possible changes in UBS’s policies and practices relating to this business; (xiv) UBS’s ability to retain and attract the employees necessary to generate revenues and to manage, support and control its businesses, which may be affected by competitive factors; (xv) changes in accounting or tax standards or policies, and determinations or interpretations affecting the recognition of gain or loss, the valuation of goodwill, the recognition of deferred tax assets and other matters; (xvi) UBS’s ability to implement new technologies and business methods, including digital services and technologies, and ability to successfully compete with both existing and new financial service providers, some of which may not be regulated to the same extent; (xvii) limitations on the effectiveness of UBS’s internal processes for risk management, risk control, measurement and modeling, and of financial models generally; (xviii) the occurrence of operational failures, such as fraud, misconduct, unauthorized trading, financial crime, cyberattacks and systems failures, the risk of which is increased while COVID-19 control measures require large portions of the staff of both UBS and its service providers to work remotely; (xix) restrictions on the ability of UBS Group AG to make payments or distributions, including due to restrictions on the ability of its subsidiaries to make loans or distributions, directly or indirectly, or, in the case of financial difficulties, due to the exercise by FINMA or the regulators of UBS’s operations in other countries of their broad statutory powers in relation to protective measures, restructuring and liquidation proceedings; (xx) the degree to which changes in regulation, capital or legal structure, financial results or other factors may affect UBS’s ability to maintain its stated capital return objective; (xxi) uncertainty over the scope of actions that may be required by UBS, governments and others to achieve goals relating to climate, environmental and social matters as well as the evolving nature of underlying science and industry and governmental standards; and (xxii) the effect that these or other factors or unanticipated events may have on our reputation and the additional consequences that this may have on our business and performance. The sequence in which the factors above are presented is not indicative of their likelihood of occurrence or the potential magnitude of their consequences. Our business and financial performance could be affected by other factors identified in our past and future filings and reports, including those filed with the SEC. More detailed information about those factors is set forth in documents furnished by UBS and filings made by UBS with the SEC, including UBS’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2020 and UBS’s First Quarter 2021 Report on Form 6K. UBS is not under any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Rounding

 

Numbers presented throughout this news release may not add up precisely to the totals provided in the tables and text. Percentages and percent changes disclosed in text and tables are calculated on the basis of unrounded figures. Absolute changes between reporting periods disclosed in the text, which can be derived from numbers presented in related tables, are calculated on a rounded basis.

 

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